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Positive Fijian Mindset Impresses FIFA Officials

Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) New Zealand development officer Shaun Easthope is amazed at Fiji’s resilience to stay after the destruction caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston. Easthope and FIFA
07 Mar 2016 12:59
Positive Fijian Mindset Impresses FIFA Officials
FIFA New Zealand Development Officer Shaun Easthope (left) and Daniel Jang (second from right) with Fiji FA President Rajesh Patel and CEO Bob Kumar at Govind Park, Ba yesterday.

Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) New Zealand development officer Shaun Easthope is amazed at Fiji’s resilience to stay after the destruction caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Easthope and FIFA NZ official Daniel Jang  assesses the damages caused by TC Winston to sporting facilities that FIFA has invested in; Govind Park and Fiji Football Academy in Ba.

“I think it’s a testament to the Fijian people in terms of the way they have handled this disaster,” Easthope said.

“Children are still smiling and playing football and rugby.

“The Fijian attitude to be positive and make a good situation out of a bad situation is something that I really admire.

“It’s the same as speaking to the people here at the Fiji Football Association, optimism is I think the best way to describe that and I’m not surprised with the leadership you have.

“Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel is not sitting back and feeling sorry, he is looking forward to a brighter future.

“The disaster is a horrible thing for the country but it also brings an opportunity.

“I’m excited about doing some work with Fiji FA here and who knows we might be able to do some things which will bring a positive outcome.

“FIFA has a fund called the FIFA Solidarity Fund, which is specifically designed to help those recover from natural disasters.

“I can’t make any commitments because the purpose of the visit was to assess the damage and provide recommendation to FIFA and they will consider that under the Solidarity funding that is available.

“Primarily our focus is on the investment that FIFA has made in Fiji and obviously we have investments in Suva but with discussions with the Patel and Fiji FA chief executive Bob Kumar, we won’t be focusing on Suva.

“FIFA cares a hell of a lot and we can’t help everyone in Fiji, that’s not possible even though we would love to.

“But we need to assess the damage and see where which places we can help.”

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